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Calgary firm leads development of BIXS 2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has contracted Arcurve Inc, a Canadian-based software development firm, to create the next version of the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The first of a sequence of releases of ‘BIXS 2’ is targeted for the fall of 2013 with each successive release offering additional benefits to BIXS participants. The first release will emphasize easy import and export of data and a tool to help purchasers source important animal attributes within the beef supply chain.Arcurve was the successful bidder in a rigorous request-for-proposals process that solicited responses from software development firms across North America.

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CCA welcomes import levy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Canada Beef Inc. on today’s announcement of an import levy on cattle of $1 per head. The move enables the levy to be applied equally to purchasers of domestic and imported cattle as well as imported beef, putting Canada on equal ground with the U.S. for the first time since 1985.The import levy is worth an estimated $600,000 to $800,000 annually, depending on market conditions, and funds will support Canada Beef Inc.

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CCA, coalition, seek preliminary injunction in COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, filed a motion with the U.S. District Court yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation pending resolution of the coalition lawsuit filed July 8.The coalition lawsuit asks the court to strike down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23 revision to the COOL regulation while the preliminary injunction motion seeks to block implementation of the COOL regulation pending resolution of the lawsuit.

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CCA Statement on Cabinet selections

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) would like to extend congratulations to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and offer its support for the Cabinet Ministry announced this morning in Ottawa.First and foremost, the CCA is pleased that Ministers Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast are to remain at their respective helms at Agriculture and Agri-Food and International Trade.The CCA has worked closely with Ministers Ritz and Fast on issues of high priority for Canada’s beef cattle industry including improving competitiveness and working to eliminate unfair trade barriers.

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CYL releases 2013 mentor list

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program has finalized its list of mentors for the 2013-14 program and, in keeping with past years, the roll-call reads like an A-list of the beef cattle industry's who's-who. Here is a list of the mentor-mentee pairings, with full biographies available at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.2013 CYL Mentors and Mentees:Betty Green (Fisher Branch, MB) and Carollyne Kehler (Steinbach, MB)Cherie Copithorne-Barnes (Jumping Pound, AB) and Claire Windeyer (Calgary, AB)Corinne Gibson (Fir Mountain, SK) and Becky Page (Didsbury, AB)David Bolduc (Stavely, AB) and Lance Leachman (Maidstone, SK)Dennis Serhienko (Maymont, SK) and Meghan Black (Bloomfield, NB)Doug Wray (Irricana,...

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CCA joins coalition lawsuit to block implementation of COOL

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S. and Canada in filing a lawsuit to block the implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation.The complaint is made on the grounds that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23, 2013 COOL amendment violates the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Agriculture Marketing Act, and is arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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CCA supports retaliation as next step in COOL dispute

Calgary, AB – Today, in a move fully supported by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the Government of Canada released a list of U.S. commodities that could be targeted for retaliation in relation to the ongoing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute.The wide-ranging list of potential items targeted for retaliation will soon be published in the Canada Gazette, marking the formal launch of the next phase of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process over the recent U.S. amendment to the COOL regulations. Implemented on May 23, the U.S.

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Review recommendations will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall 2012 tabled in the House of Commons today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. Canadian cattle producers strongly support the ultimate objective of reducing, and if possible eliminating, E. coli related illness associated with beef. We believe that the independent review contains important recommendations that will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems.In the time period following the recall, the CCA developed an E.coli O157 Research and Education Strategy which includes research supporting many of the recommendations contained in the review regarding...

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